Bookkeeper Questions and Answers

How would you record a $600 annual insurance premium using accrual accounting?

The correct answer here is Debit Prepaid Insurance $600, Credit Cash or Accounts Payable. Prod them to find out when insurance expense is recognized. It should be $50/month with a Debit to Insurance Expense and a Credit to Prepaid Insurance. If the candidate cannot answer this question, don’t expect them to keep your books based on an accrual accounting. You will want to depend on someone else for management reports.